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Daniel Claude Carmichael, Jr

Daniel Claude Carmichael, Jr. was born in Marion County, South Carolina on March 2, 1922.  He passed peacefully with his family by his side on January 16, 2011, in Pasadena, California, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.  The second of seven children, he had an older sister, Elizabeth (Lib) and five younger brothers, Wilson, David, Frank, Ernest (Ray) and Nelson.  

In 1943, he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Education by Wofford College in South Carolina.  He served in the United States Army in World War II, which awarded him a purple heart and a bronze star.  He was honorably discharged as a Captain.  Following the War, he returned to South Carolina where he served as Superintendent of the High School District where he was raised, fulfilling the final year of his father’s contract.  

Dan and Reah Hardee were married on September 3, 1949 at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina.

In 1952, Dan was awarded a Master’s degree in Architecture from Yale University. Following graduation, Dan and Reah moved to Los Angeles, California, where Dan took post graduate courses in Architecture at the University of Southern California and worked as an architectural intern for H. L. Gogerty Architects, which specialized in the design of public schools.


A founding partner of Carmichael-Kemp Architects, Dan and his long-time partner and friend, Richard Kemp, were known throughout California for their unique expertise in designing public schools.  During the thirty-one years of his partnership with Richard Kemp, Carmichael-Kemp Architects designed more than 305 projects, including numerous elementary, junior high, and senior high schools, as well as colleges, private residences, offices and churches.  Carmichael-Kemp’s projects were regularly recognized for their excellence.  Dan was a member of the American Institute of Architects, and in 1991, received the Service Citation Award from the Council of Educational Facility Planners, International, for twenty-five years of service.

Dan and Reah enjoyed traveling and visited countries on every continent except Antarctica.  Dan enjoyed gardening; the vegetables and fruits he raised were enjoyed by many.  An accomplished equestrian, Dan was long time member of the Saddle and Sirloin Club in Los Angeles, California. 

Dan is survived by Reah, his wife of 61 years, his daughter Karin Busch (Dayton), his son Daniel C. Carmichael, III (Yvette), his daughter Sue Bickett (Brent), and five grandchildren, Brandon Daniel Bickett, Ryan Walter Bickett, Daniel Claude Carmichael IV, Kelly Nicole Bickett, and Katherine Yvette Carmichael.  He is remembered by all who knew him as a true Southern gentleman and for his kindness, patience and grace.

Services will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church of Glendale, 135 N. Kenwood St., Glendale, CA  91206 at 09:30 a.m. with reception to follow at Church.  Interment is at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Dr., Los Angeles, CA at 12:30 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations in name of Daniel Claude Carmichael, Jr. may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 530 Bercut Dr., Ste. A, Sacramento, CA  95811 (800) 272-3900, to Ahead with Horses, Inc., 9311 Del Arroyo Dr., Sun Valley, CA  91352 (818) 767-6373, or to your favorite charity.